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BJP won Gujarat elections by tampering with EVMs: Hardik Patel

Electronic voting machines were tampered with in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, says Hardik Patel.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Hardik Patel addresses the media during a press conference in Ahmadabad.(AP)

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tampered with to ensure a victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat elections, said Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday, repeating allegations he has made before.

“There has been tampering of EVMs in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened,” said Patel as results showed BJP is headed for another term in Gujarat.

“The EVMs from which the candidates were winning with 300 votes, after recounting the winning candidate lost by a margin of over 6,000 votes,” he was quoted by IANS as saying.

“Look at Japan, Israel, Germany, they still use ballot papers despite having advanced technology,” he said. “They won using dirty tricks, by using money power in the state.”

Patel, who supported the Congress in the Gujarat elections, had on Sunday alleged EVMs can be hacked. “It would make people laugh but no one will consider what I say. If the human body, which has been created by god, can be fiddled with, why cannot EVMs? If ATMs can be hacked, why not EVMs?” he had tweeted.

In Mumbai, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said credit for the BJP’s victory in Gujarat should go to EVMs. “We suspected this right from the beginning. All beware, this is a big threat to Indian democracy,” he tweeted.

The Election Commission rejectedthe allegations. “Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling stations in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren’t right. I assure that EVMs cannot be tampered with,” said Achal Kumar Joti, chief election commissioner.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:12 IST